Up-to-date summary on the federal investments specifically in the grid enhancing capabilities for both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law spending package (also known as the IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).
Grid Forward is bringing together our membership and other regional stakeholders to collaborate on how to access the significant resources coming from Federal action to invest in grid infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Energy has seen an influx of resources and capabilities unrivaled since its creation in the 1970s. If you are interested in dialogues on how to organize around any of the following topics please let us know by completing the short form below.
If you have other questions about the potential for significant grid modernization investment (from the reconciliation package or the infrastructure bill) contact Bryce Yonker, Grid Forward executive director.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The infusion of about $1.2 trillion in core capabilities that run our society is unlike any the country has mobilized in decades. Here are more resources for learning about its grid impact.
The Grid Resiliency and Innovation Partnership (GRIP) administers up to $10.5 billion for grid resiliency and grid flexibility. The GRIP Program consists of 3 funding opportunities:
In November 2022 the Grid Deployment Office released a Funding Opportunity Announcement for the first round of the Grid Resiliency and Innovation Partnership (GRIP) Program. This first round will deploy up to $3.8B across all 3 programs.
The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act created the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program which was one of the core energy efforts of the ARRA from 2008-2013. The Infrastructure Act rekindles this program with $3 billion and expands the eligible areas.
Grid Forward surveyed its members and offered suggestions to DOE advisory leadership on the priority areas for grid flexibility resources. We also have created a summary of grid modernization investment lesson from ARRA. If you would like to see the results of the survey and briefing check in with Bryce.
GRIP awards are expected to begin to be announced in late summer 2023. Grid Forward will provide updates on awarded projects and submissions.
A whole sub-title of the energy title on the infrastructure act (Section 40121-40127) is devoted to expanding cyber security capabilities and resources.
The Infrastructure Act has numerous additional areas to support capabilities of the grid.
The Act is sprinkled with resources for demonstrations and deployments of innovative energy resources from energy storage, hydrogen, carbon capture, nuclear and other assets.
We do not plan to have discussions in all of these areas, but are happy to help facilitate interest in any of them.
The Inflation Reduction Act includes an unprecedented amount of funding specifically for rural energy co-ops and clean energy in rural communities. This opportunity represents the single largest investment in rural electrification since the 1930s.
Grid Forward is closely tracking this opportunity to help your cooperative utility or clean power provider make use of these funds.
One key elements of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) was the introduction of tax credits that apply to clean energy investments. Included in the package are direct pay incentives for organizations that previously would not have been able to leverage the benefits since they did not have any tax liabilities.
Direct pay incentives for renewable energy, storage, microgrid controls and other advanced grid aspects will be available to non-for-profit utilities and organizations. These incentives may be eligible to use in conjunction with other programs for clean energy and advance grid efforts. You can view a recent webinar the Grid Forward and NWPPA hosted with the Department of Treasury here.
Last month, Grid Forward and NWPPA hosted a webinar with the USDA to learn about the $9.7B from the New Era program, section 22004 of the Inflation Reduction Act to support cooperative utilities in bringing lower carbon energy resources onto their systems. Listen in as we go through the details with these officials at the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service.
Watch the recording here.
Grid Forward is organizing members of our community to help create connections that can lead to teams tapping into the funds being released by the Act. We are focused on grid resiliency, grid flexibility (via the Smart Grid Investment Grants) and cybersecurity. There are other energy innovation deployments we can help coordinate (such as long duration storage) with interest from the community. If you’d like to join in peer groups to explore the possibilities, please use the form below. We will put you in contact with group leaders for more information
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